PLEASE NOTE: This page is for start-up organizations that seek to incorporate and/or obtain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

If the Partnership determines that we can help your group with incorporation and/or applying for tax exemption, there will be a non-refundable $500.00 fee for that service, in addition to all required state and federal filing fees.

If you are a new nonprofit or a group seeking to incorporate, please review our Resources for Starting a New Nonprofit.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1

Prior to applying for legal assistance, please make sure you have gathered and completed all of the Required Documents for groups seeking to incorporate:

  1. A Business Plan or similar document. At a minimum, this should address the following:
    • The mission of the organization
    • A detailed description of proposed activities to further the mission
    • The target beneficiaries of the organization
    • The communities where the activities will be conducted
    • Identification of other groups that are addressing the same issues in these communities, and a description of how your organization differs
    • Expected sources of financial support
    • Specific fundraising plans
    • Proposed three-year budget (see sample budget template)
    • Proposed staffing of the organization (employees and/or volunteers)
    • List of prospective board members
    • A description of your experience, if any, working with a charitable organization
    • A summary of steps taken, if any, to partner with another organization to carry out your activities
  2. Sample grant proposals (if any)
  3. If the nonprofit is already incorporated, a copy of the Certificate or Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, if adopted
  4. Brochures, fliers or similar materials (if any) that describe your organization

Step 2

Please complete the form below and submit. Then please email all required documents to information@probonopartner.org or fax or mail all required documents to your local Pro Bono Partnership office. Your request WILL NOT be processed until we have received them.

IMPORTANT: Any information that you submit via this form is not protected by the attorney-client privilege. Submitting this form to Pro Bono Partnership is not intended to create, and does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.